N.D.Okla.: Officer’s testimony of traffic offense wasn’t believed based on his words on video

“Considering the totality of the circumstances, the Court finds that Phillips’ testimony that he observed a lane violation prior to initiating a traffic stop is not credible. The only evidence tending to support the commission of a traffic violation is Phillips’ alleged observation of a lane violation. However, the video shows that Phillips was never able to clearly articulate the nature of the lane violation to defendants, and he admitted at the suppression hearing that he was looking for a reason to pull over defendants’ vehicle before he allegedly observed a traffic violation.” Suppressed. United States v. Woods, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64272 (N.D.Okla. Apr. 6, 2022).

The officer was not reckless in failing to mention defendant’s alibi allegedly established by his work records which were not conclusive. United States v. Grimes, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64510 (E.D.Pa. Apr. 7, 2022).*

Officers knew that defendant used three vehicles regularly, and all were involved in his alleged drug dealing. Therefore, all three could be searched on a warrant for premises. United States v. Miles, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64649 (N.D.Ind. Apr. 7, 2022).*

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